The curse of man, and the cause of nearly all his woe, is his stupendous capacity for believing the incredible.
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- There is nothing worse than an idle hour, with no occupation offering. People who have many such hours are simply animals waiting docilely for death. We all come to that state soon or late. It is the curse of senility.
- Temptation is a woman’s weapon and man’s excuse.
- A man’s women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them; they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phrase makes it, feminine intuition.
- The average man does not get pleasure out of an idea because he thinks it is true; he thinks it is true because he gets pleasure out of it.
- Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.
- Man weeps to think that he will die so soon; woman, that she was born so long ago.